While often lumped with other European populist parties, Beppe Grillo's M5S is a movement of activist fans mobilized by the messages of his "celebrity brand".
Italy's first black senator, and the party he represents, won't be advancing the fight against xenophobia.
In 1497 Girolamo Savonarola burned books and art in Florence in the most infamous act of European cultural desecration. A year later, he met the same fate.
An all-women workforce used to weed Italy's rice fields. And they left a powerful historical legacy.
Both the Northern League party and Five Star Movement have a very expensive shopping list for extra spending, with little detail on how to fund these policies.
Italy has stagnated for more than two decades, yet its politicians seem hardly aware of the source of the problem, let alone how to fix it.
The Five Star Movement is the biggest party, but forming a government is going to be difficult. Will a right-wing coalition prevail?
Together, two parties with a tough stance on immigration and the EU – the Five Star Movement and the League – received nearly 50 percent of the vote.
He's barred from public office but this former prime minister isn't going to be held back by the small matter of a conviction for tax evasion.
Italy's political future hangs in the balance – will it see another chaotic grand coalition, or take an anti-EU populist step into the unknown?
Growing grapes and making wine come with a lot of implications about a culture's capabilities. Apparently, Sicily of 6,000 years ago was more sophisticated than archaeologists had given it credit for.
A recent attack on migrants came ahead of Italian elections in March where migration is a key campaign issue.
A brutal backlash against a Harvey Weinstein accuser has helped galvanise the feminist movement.
The former 'boss of all bosses' has died aged 87 while serving 26 life sentences.
Food is a real flashpoint in the power dynamics between asylum seekers and the people looking after them.
With corruption scandals dogging practically every party, it's difficult to see how the electorate can have faith in their representatives. And yet, they keep voting for them.
A forest that is also a disturbing memorial to Mussolini recently burned down.
With such a colourful political past, the British prime minister will be hoping for a show of substance in choosing the Tuscan city.
The death of a young Italian girl from cerebral malaria has scientists scratching their heads.
Police used water cannons and tear gas to remove a group of migrants and refugees from a square in Rome in August.